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20 February 2015
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Teachers: enterprise activities

Motivate your pupils to develop creative, positive and innovative attitudes towards the world of work with an enterprise activity. Maybe you'll foster the next Richard Branson! Enterprise activities show pupils the relevance of education in the workplace and help them to develop both an enterprising spirit and personal responsibility.

One of the most popular enterprise activities used in schools is the Young Enterprise Scheme.

How to organise a Young Enterprise Scheme in your School

This programme normally begins at the start of the school year and lasts until May of the same academic year. Pupils set up and run their own business. They elect a board, take all decisions, raise share capital and market and finance a product or service. They are supported by a volunteer business adviser and can participate in an Annual Competition.

  1. Identify which year groups will participate in the programme.
  2. Negotiate a time slot in which to give a brief presentation on the Young Enterprise Scheme.
  3. Advertise, with a deadline, the relevant vacancies and request pupils complete an application form.
  4. Using the completed application forms, organise interview times.
  5. Publish a list showing interview times and with advisors, interview candidates for the various positions.
  6. Publish a list of successful candidates and date for first Company Meeting.
  7. At the initial meeting, decide on the dates and times of future meetings. It is important to note that these dates must suit the students, link teacher and advisor.
  8. Publish list of agreed dates and times.
  9. Having established a group, you should now focus on the project and roles and responsibilities of each individual.

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